Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library (Hardcover)

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A stunning picture book biography for older readers illuminates the fascinating life of Afro-Puerto Rican scholar, Arturo Schomburg, and his lifelong mission to collect writings, art, and music to document black history so that no other black child would have to wonder, “Where is our historian to give us our side?”  Poetic prose and bold, energetic illustrations pay tribute to a passionate man and his enduring legacy that now lives in the Schomburg Center for Black Research and Culture in Harlem.  An inspiration. 

— Rhonda


In luminous paintings and arresting poems, two of children's literature's top African-American scholars track Arturo Schomburg's quest to correct history.

Where is our historian to give us our side? Arturo asked.

Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro-Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk's life's passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages. When Schomburg's collection became so big it began to overflow his house (and his wife threatened to mutiny), he turned to the New York Public Library, where he created and curated a collection that was the cornerstone of a new Negro Division. A century later, his groundbreaking collection, known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has become a beacon to scholars all over the world.

About the Author

Carole Boston Weatherford is a New York Times best-selling author and poet. Her numerous books for children include the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book Becoming Billie Holiday, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, and the Caldecott Honor Books Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, and Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes. Carole Boston Weatherford lives in Highpoint, North Carolina. Eric Velasquez is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including several previous collaborations with Carole Boston Weatherford. He won the John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award for his illustrations of The Piano Man, written by Debbi Chocolate. Eric Velasquez is also the author-illustrator of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award-winning Grandma's Gift. Born in Harlem, he lives and works in Hartsdale, New York.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780763680466
ISBN-10: 076368046X
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 48
Language: English